|Posted by success1800 on November 10, 2014 at 9:30 AM||comments (0)|
I am dead to the law that I may live unto God..
Galatians 2:19-21 NET
For through the law I died to the law so that I may live to God. I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So the life I now live in the body, I live because of the faithfulness of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not set aside God’s grace, because if righteousness could come through the law, then Christ died for nothing!
First.. Paul says through the law , I died to the law that I might live to God.. Paul realized that the main purpose for the law was not to make him perfect or righteous before God but the law was given to really bring him to the end of trying to achieve righteousness through his own self effort and to instead place his complete faith in Christ for righteousness. The only way that anyone is made righteous today is through is to die to self effort for righteousness and place their faith solely in Christ..
For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did ; by the which we draw nigh unto God.
The law could never make anyone perfect but the bringing in of a better hope did. This better hope was Christ . Christ not only made us righteous but made us perfect !
Today in Christ I am not only forgiven but I am perfect in Him ! and because I am perfect in Him I can now draw near to God at any time of the day or night. I can draw near to God in full confidence when I'm doing good and I can draw near to God in confidence when I'm not doing so good because my perfection and my confidence is not based on me keeping the law or on my performance but it's based on my faith in Christ. Today I'm perfect because I'm now in the perfect one who is Christ.. All that Christ is I now am because I am in a Him.
1 John 4:17
Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.
1 Corinthians 1:30 KJV
But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:
Today because I am in Christ Jesus God has made me wisdom,righteousness,sanctification,and redemption .
Our new relationship to the law is death , We are no longer to be alive to the law but dead to the law so that we might live unto God , so that we may bear fruit unto God.. Romans 7:4
The only way we will ever bear fruit unto God is to be dead to the law and married to Christ
We cannot turn back to the law at all or mix the law with grace .. There is only one thing we are to do with the law.. We are to die to the law. The sooner we choose to do this the sooner that our struggle with condemnation will cease and our real life in Christ can be realized.
Galatians 2:19-21 NET
For through the law I died to the law so that I may live to God.
To live we have to die .. Die to what ? Die to all self effort of trying to become righteous before God and instead receive Christ who is our righteousness .
2 Corinthians 5:21.. He who knew no sin became sin to make you righteous! We must quit sweating for righteousness and instead rest in His righteousness.
For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continues not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. And the law is not of faith: but, The man that does them shall live in them. Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangs on a tree:
It's our choice law or Christ but not both.. If you choose to go the law way , then you will need to keep all the law or be cursed. The law consists of 613 laws and it's an all or nothing deal ! but If you choose Christ alone then you will be blessed..
In Deut 28 it lists all the blessings and the curses . Christ has redeemed us from the curse so that we would be blessed but there is one catch! We must believe it..
We are no longer under the law at all or the curse of the law . Today we are to be dead to the law and now see ourselves alive in Christ..
When Christ died something else died with Him and that something else was the law and our old self.
Colossians 2:8-17 NLT
For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body. So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority. When you came to Christ, you were "circumcised," but not by a physical procedure. Christ performed a spiritual circumcision-the cutting away of your sinful nature. For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with him you were raised to new life because you trusted the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead. You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins. He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross. In this way, he disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross. So don't let anyone condemn you for what you eat or drink, or for not celebrating certain holy days or new moon ceremonies or Sabbaths. For these rules are only shadows of the reality yet to come. And Christ himself is that reality. …
The was law nailed to the cross because Jesus fulfilled all the law and we are now complete in Him.. Our old self was also nailed to the cross.. He who knew no sin became sin that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.. The Christian life is not about a changed life but it's about an exchanged life! We gave Christ our sin and He gave us His righteousness! Wow. Now often those who preach grace are accused by those under the law of being law haters .. Or against the law but those who understand the covenant of grace are not against the law they are for the law for the reason the law was given..the law was never given to justify us or make anyone righteous but the law was to bring us to Christ who then makes us righteous... Once we place our full faith in Christ then we are no longer under a schoolmaster , the law for we are now joined to Christ and children of God.
Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. [For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
The law was given to bring us to Christ but now that we are in Christ there is no more need for the school master ..the schoolmaster was the law that revealed or desperate need for Christ.
Does this mean I now live a lawless and reckless life because I'm no longer under the law ? No ! I'm married to Christ .. Christ is my new life and as I embrace Christ then fruit will follow my life because I am attached to Christ. .. Today I don't live by the law of the letter but the law of the Spirit of life in Christ. I live by the promptings of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 7:6 AMP
But now we are discharged from the Law and have terminated all intercourse with it, having died to what once restrained and held us captive. So now we serve not under obedience to the old code of written regulations, but under obedience to the promptings of the Spirit in newness of life.
|Posted by success1800 on November 7, 2014 at 10:35 AM||comments (0)|
The law is Holy and just but the law which included the Big 10 could never make us righteous or Holy before God. The law had one weakness and that weakness was us ! Our weak flesh could not keep the law.
Romans 8:3-4 NET
For God achieved what the law could not do because it was weakened through the flesh. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and concerning sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, so that the righteous requirement of the law may be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
To live according to the flesh is to continue to strive and measure up and to God through self effort and self determination but to live according to the spirit means to rest in His righteousness Which is righteousness that comes through faith in Jesus and the finished work of the cross. As we rest then we simply respond to the leadership of the Holy Spirit in out lives.. Again we are not led by rule books or how to books but by the spirit of grace that now abides in us.
Hebrews 7:19 KJV
For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did ; by the which we draw nigh unto God.
The law is perfect but the law could never make anyone perfect but the bringing in of a better hope did make us perfect and that better hope is Jesus! Today we are not made perfect through our own self effort but we are made perfect by the blood of Jesus. Today through the new birth God has made us to be one with Christ so that everything He is we now have become and we are now complete in Him. The devil knows why the law was given so the devils ultimate deception was to take the law which is good , holy and perfect and use the law to keep much of the church bound in a vicious cycle of sin , self effort and condemnation.. He knows the only way for the church to be free from sin and condemnation is for the church to become dead to the law and alive to Christ, so he has kept them instead alive to the law which in turn renders Christ of no affect in their lives.
The law is good and the law is holy but the law was never , never , never given to justify us or make us righteous before God..
Today we need to understand that we are no longer under any of the old covenant law at all . Which includes the law written in stone that was called the ministry of death and condemnation but we are now under a brand new covenant established on better promises. In fact today we are to see ourselves dead to the law and married only to Christ.
Romans 7:4 NET
So, my brothers and sisters, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, so that you could be joined to another, to the one who was raised from the dead, to bear fruit to God.
The fact is this , we will never bear real fruit unto God until we see ourselves fully dead to the law and joined to The Lord..
1 Corinthians 6:17 But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. Today we are married to Christ and not the law.. To go back into a relationship with the law is to commit spiritual polygamy . We are not married to both the law and Christ . We are either married to one or the other but not both but to be married to Christ is far better then being married to the law. If we choose to go the law way then it is an all or nothing deal. We must keep all the law or be guilty of all the law
James 2:10 For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it.
Paul use to be a law man until he met Christ and then Paul became a grace man! I believe the message translation does a great job in the book of Galatians of expressing the radical change that took place in the life of Paul when he finally came to all of His law ways and surrendered to grace .
Galatians 2:19-21 MSG
What actually took place is this: I tried keeping rules and working my head off to please God, and it didn't work. So I quit being a "law man" so that I could be God's man. Christ's life showed me how, and enabled me to do it. I identified myself completely with him. Indeed, I have been crucified with Christ. My ego is no longer central. It is no longer important that I appear righteous before you or have your good opinion, and I am no longer driven to impress God. Christ lives in me. The life you see me living is not "mine," but it is lived by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I am not going to go back on that. Is it not clear to you that to go back to that old rule-keeping, peer-pleasing religion would be an abandonment of everything personal and free in my relationship with God? I refuse to do that, to repudiate God's grace. If a living relationship with God could come by rule-keeping, then Christ died unnecessarily.
The Apostle basically said as far as the law goes, I've been there done that ! and I refuse to go back to the law . Paul was saying there is really only one way forward and it's called grace.. To go back to the law of self achievement for righteousness is to fall from grace. To turn back to the law is to go in the wrong direction and will always lead to a dead end street.
The apostle Paul said that he had to let go of his ego and choose to rest in the finished work of Jesus.
This actually reminded me of a silly waffle commercial where someone has a tight bull dog grip on their waffle saying let go of my ego! Whether we admit it or not our own ego is one of the main reasons that we do not want to rest in the finished work of the cross for righteousness. Our flesh often wants to receive glory for doing something to earn right standing with God, but it is very clear in scripture that no flesh will ever glory for what Christ has already accomplished for us and in us..
1 Corinthians 1:29-31 KJV
That no flesh should glory in his presence.  But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.
Religion often teaches that in order to be righteous and holy that we must dress a certain way, or do a certain amount of things in order to achieve holiness or righteousness before God but his is not what the scripture teaches. The Bible says that God made us to be wisdom, holy, righteous and redeemed through the cross and by baptizing us into Christ .. Again as we were joined to The Lord all that He is we became and this was an act of grace so that no flesh can ever glory or take credit for whatGod has accomplished for us in Christ..
When we get to heaven it will not be glory be to Jesus and me , it will only be glory be to the one who site on the throne! He alone is worthy of all praise!
We can never mix any of the law with grace.. This unholy mixture will always frustrate grace and make Christ of no affect in the life of the believer.. The Bible says that we are to be dead to the law and married to Christ.Romans 7:4. To mix law with grace will only frustrate grace from working in the heart and life of the believer.
Galatians 2:21 AMP
Therefore, I do not treat God's gracious gift as something of minor importance and defeat its very purpose; I do not set aside and invalidate and frustrate and nullify the grace (unmerited favor) of God. For if justification (righteousness, acquittal from guilt) comes through observing the ritual of the Law, then Christ (the Messiah) died groundlessly and to no purpose and in vain. His death was then wholly superfluous.
Now today there are those who often say that those who preach grace are against the law but this is far from the truth . We who preach the new covenant of grace are not against the law but we are for the law for the reason the law was given.. The law was given to bring is to an end of fleshly striving for justification and to point us to fully place our complete faith in Jesus Christ and the finished work of the cross.
Now because many do not understand grace and the function of grace they often bring the law back in after salvation by saying the law is not for salvation but the law is our moral compass. The law shows us how to live and what we are to do, but again what they fail to see is that we do not need external laws or rules for a moral compass , we don't even need the latest how to book for our moral compass or to show us how to live the Christian life.. Today we have a new way of living . This new way is called the grace way ! And grace is the spirit of Christ that now lives in us to change us and direct us from the inside out.. The new covenant is all about an inside out work . Those who are the sons of God are led by the spirit of God. Gods spirit and not the law is the new way we are to be led and to be transformed..
2 Corinthians 3:18
But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
The law and following external rules actually stunts spiritual growth.. This is why there is so much immaturity in the church today.. Many today are still trying to live the Christian life by the law of self effort instead of grace .
|Posted by success1800 on March 26, 2014 at 8:50 AM||comments (0)|
Leave it to the Professional !
In Romans 7:24 Paul cries out, "Oh wretched man that I am - who will deliver me from this body of death ?"
When a person finally cries out, "Oh wretched man or woman that I am, who will deliver me from this body of death ? , this is like music to the LORD's ears. This cry is probably one of the most spiritual and scriptural cries that we could ever utter, because this cry is a cry of total surrender. It's a cry that says or admits that no matter how hard I try, I cannot save myself or change myself, and I need some kind of divine intervention to help me.
Let me ask a question: Have you ever tried to fix something yourself that you knew you couldn't fix no matter how hard you tried, but kept trying anyway, and then finally in complete despair you finally gave up and called someone to come and help you ?
For example, I have often tried many times to work on say a car or plumbing or some other broken thing, trying my best to fix it to avoid paying the professional who has all the tools and skill to come out and accomplish easily what is impossible for me to do. It is only when I come to the end of my own self effort of trying to fix it myself that I finally pick up the phone and say okay, I need someone else to step in and do this. And when the professional comes to my aid, he does easily in just a few minutes what I could have never done in a lifetime of trying, no matter how hard I tried. Why ? Because I lacked the experience, the knowledge, and the equipment to fix what was broken.
This is really kind of the idea behind Romans 7 :24, when Paul cries out, "who will deliver me from this body of death ?" He is really saying, "Who is going to fix me ? I have tried and tried and the more I try the worse I seem to fail !" Paul learned, as we must learn, that it is only as we give up on all self effort of striving to fix ourselves, save ourselves, sanctify ourselves, or even make ourselves holy, and we call on Jesus who is the Professional, that we will ever experience true change.
Now we know that justification is ours through faith in the Lord Jesus and requires no work on our part, but then we often think that sanctification is dependent on our own self effort of striving and trying real hard to perfect ourselves. But the Bible is very clear that as we have received Christ we are also to walk in Him. And how did we receive Christ ? It was by grace through faith.
Ephesians 2:8 (Amplified Bible)
For it is by free grace (God’s unmerited favor) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation) through [your] faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [of your own doing, it came not through your own striving], but it is the gift of God...
We need to understand that the way we were saved is the same way for sanctification. As we understand and receive God's great love for us demonstrated through the cross, and as we believe sanctification, like the new birth, is a gift from God by grace through faith, then we will be sanctified by the Spirit.
We also need to understand that sanctification, like righteousness, has already been given to us as a gift from God. Sanctification is not something that we strive to do by the flesh; sanctification is a gift from God that has already been placed on the inside of us and is worked out in our lives by the Spirit as we rest and trust God to do what we could never do through our own ability no matter how hard we try. Now let's see what the scriptures have to say about this.
1 Corinthians 1:30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption.
2 Thessalonians 2:13 But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth.
1 Peter 1:2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.
The Spirit is the Spirit of Grace working in you to sanctify you and to fix what you could never fix through a lifetime of striving and self effort.
But here is a key: Grace only works as we cease working or cease striving to change or perfect ourselves by the flesh. Salvation and sanctification are both a work of the Spirit of Grace.
In other words, we need to stay out of the way of the Professional, and let the Professional (who is Jesus) and the Spirit of Grace work and fix what we could never in a lifetime fix no matter how hard we try. Jesus has the ability and all the equipment to easily fix everything that's wrong.
We must resist the temptation to push the Professional out of the way and say, "I can take it from here". The Apostle Paul had to rebuke the church at Galatia for this when he said:
Galatians 3:3 Are you so foolish and so senseless and so silly ? Having begun [your new life spiritually] with the [Holy] Spirit, are you now reaching perfection [by dependence] on the flesh?
Listen, flesh didn't save us and flesh cannot sanctify us.
Now we are either living the Romans 7 way of life or the Romans 8 way of life. Romans 7 is all about I, I, I, trying to fix myself and to make myself holy, but no matter how hard I try I will fail every time. Why ? Because the "I" flesh cannot fix itself and the "I" flesh cannot sanctify itself. It is only as we surrender "I" to Jesus that we will see true freedom and transformation. Of course we know that the middle letter in pride is I ...
Again, we are either living the Romans 7 way of life in complete frustration, or we are living the Romans 8 way of life of the Spirit which results in life, peace, and transformation.
Did you know that in Romans 7 that the word "I" is mentioned over 29 times and Spirit only once ? But in Romans 8, the word Spirit is mentioned 19 times and "I" twice ? This is no coincidence; I believe that God is trying to communicate to us that the way of the Spirit and not the way of "I" is the way that He has called us to walk.
The middle letter in the word pride is "I", and "I" needs to go so that Christ can come.
The Apostle Paul tells us what happened to "I" in Galatians 2:20:
Galatians 2:20 Amplified Bible (AMP)
I have been crucified with Christ [in Him I have shared His crucifixion]; it is no longer I who live, but Christ (the Messiah) lives in me; and the life I now live in the body I live by faith in (by adherence to and reliance on and complete trust in) the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself up for me.
We need to remember that the trinity of God is the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, but the devil's trinity is me, myself and I.
Now the Bible says that we are to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling; but don't forget about the last part of that verse that says, "for it is God that works in us both to will and to do his good pleasure." This working out is not working for your salvation but it really means to work out what has already been worked in or put inside of you as a gift by God. And how does this working out take place ? It works out as we rest and trust and believe the gospel, and that God is working by His Spirit in us to work out or display what he has already put inside of us.
We must always know this...
Philippians 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.
We must be delivered from our wrong thinking that says we only receive forgiveness by our entire reliance on the LORD, yet our sanctification and perfection only comes by doing something ourselves.
We fear that if we do nothing, then nothing will happen, but the opposite is true. It's really only as we cease from striving to become perfect by the flesh and rest in the perfect One to lead us that perfection will ever come.
What happens so often is that we get saved and then resurrect the old habits of doing and self achievement of trying live for God.
But God's Word tells us that it is all finished. Jesus has already done everything on the cross for forgiveness, and he will do everything in us for our deliverance and sanctification. In both cases, He is the doer. The Bible says that Jesus is the author and the finisher of our faith.
We need to always remember that it is God that works in us both to will and to do His good pleasure.
If we could do part of it, then we could then take glory for part of it, but all glory goes to the LORD. God has it all ! He does the entire work from the beginning to the end, and Jesus is the author and the finisher of our faith. We can be confident that He who has begun a good work in us will complete this work to the very end.
The best thing that we can do is to stay out of His way and let Him do what He knows how to do best. for more articles please visit our site at http://itsgrace.com Blessings